May 28

We lost? :)

Today, while returning home from school…

Urvi: Tu sais maman, dans un match, l’important c’est qu’on participe.
(You know maman, in a game the important thing is to participate).

C’est pas important de gagner tout le temps.
(Its not really important to win all the time).

Urvi's Art

Urvi's Art

Si on gagne, on peut avoir un prix, un cadeau…
(If you win, you can get a prize).

Mais c’est rien!
(But its nothing really).

A l’interieur de nous, rien ne change…
(Nothing inside us really changes…)

p.s: Today at sports, Urvi’s team lost the match.

Urvi is about 6 years old. From Suparna’s blog

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 27

Sesame Tofu

Cut up a packet of (preferably firm) tofu (about 200 gms) into approximately 1-inch cubes. On a tray (I used a cutting board) spread out 3-4 tablespoons of sesame seeds. Put the tofu pieces on the seeds and gently press each piece, so that the seeds get stuck to the tofu piece. Coat the tofu on all sides with the sesame seeds like this.
Put cooking oil in a frying pan so as to cover the bottom of the pan and heat it. Add 2-3 dried red chilies and fry them for a bit. Reduce heat to medium and carefully add the tofu pieces into the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes and then gently turn the tofu pieces over to the other side, taking care not to dislodge the sesame and cook further for another 5 minutes or so, till it turns a yummy light golden brown. Don’t overcook.
Gently remove the tofu pieces and the red chilies. If you don’t like too much sesame, you could scoop out some of the sesame seeds left over in the oil as well. Discard the red chilies or save them up for someone like dinesh πŸ™‚

To the same oil, add 2-3 pieces of finely chopped ginger and cook till browned. Add 2 thinly sliced carrots and cook as long as you like. Some people like their carrots well done, I like mine crunchy. Add a handful of par boiled green peas, and just stir it around on low heat for 1-2 minutes. Wash and slice 5-6 mushrooms into chunky pieces and add these in last. Add 3-5 tablespoons of soya sauce (I used tamari which is quite strong so used just 2 tablespoons). Optionally also add 3-4 tablespoons of oyster sauce (this is vegetarian, don’t worry πŸ™‚ ).

Cook on medium heat for another 3-5 minutes till everything is coated with the sauces and cooked to your taste. A generous handful of finely chopped spinach or bak choy also tastes really nice in this.

Finally gently add in the tofu pieces and carefully toss for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with hot toasted buttered whole wheat bread.

You can also use sesame oil instead of the olive oil, but then it can become quite spicy.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 25

What’s Love?

I get asked this question a lot … Here are some answers from the people who know, 4 to 8 year old children πŸ™‚

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’

‘Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared… I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’

‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’

‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps What do you guys think Love is? comment away πŸ™‚

pps My internet was down for a few days, a wire had snapped… and i really wanted to approve all the comments asap… it was almost 2 am when i had my first chance to do that, and i am afraid while sifting thru the spam folder, i may have mistakenly deleted some legitimate comments … Also, there was one person who had posted a link about something negative on the net about Art of Living and few people had commented on that, all those have been deleted. When you visit a site like that, it gets a “hit” and becomes more “popular” on search engines. So, do not visit these sick sites and give them traffic and PLEASE dont post links of these sites on this blog. Many times they post sensational stuff, simply to get hits. And if, by mistake some comment like this slips thru, then make it a point to email me and tell me, so i can delete it asap.

ppss Keep checking the blog after 7 pm Indian time … today or in a few days, you might get a small (nice) surprize πŸ™‚

May 20

We lost!?

I have had many questions along this line, on email, phone, as comments on the blog, etc:

Q. We have lost the elections. What should be our plan of action now?

A. We (Art of Living) did not loose the elections. We did not even contest the elections :). The BJP along with many other parties lost to the Congress.

Our plan of action remains what it has always been. Enrol people onto courses, do Sadhana, Seva and Satsang regularly, spread and enjoy the Glorious Knowledge, love and cherish our Guru and basically celebrate everything! πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 19

Whipping Cream

For whipping the cream, you need to prepare a bit:

First get yourself some nice (whipping) cream and put it in the fridge, not the freezer, so that its very cold but not frozen, few hours is enough. Don’t use the Amul fresh cream that you get in the tetra pack. This method doesn’t work with this cream. You will need to ask for whipping cream or double cream from a good dairy. In Bangalore you get it in Spar.

You will need 2 bowls, one big, you will be making an ice bath in it for the second smaller bowl. Put these in the freezer, so they are very cold. Also, the beater parts of your electric whipper (don’t even try this by hand) can be put in the freezer to make very cold. You will also need ice and a bottle of cold water.

Once everything is cold, move fairly quickly.

In the big bowl, pour some of the cold water and a few ice cubes and place the smaller bowl in that ice bath. Add the cream to the smaller bowl, till its about 1/3rd full, definitely not more than 1/2 full.

Cream for whipping in the ice bath

Cream for whipping in the ice bath

Whip the cream with your whipper, until soft peaks form when you remove the beater.

Soft peaks form in the cream

Soft peaks form in the cream

Now, add some powdered sugar (you can make it by powdering organic crystal sugar, khadi shakkar or mishri), about 2 tablespoons for 1 liter of cream is enough, add more if you want it sweeter. Finally add a tablespoon of vanilla essence. Whip again. And stop in about a minute if you want cream that forms soft peaks.

If you whip too long, the cream will separate and you will get butter, so be careful about that. Just before the cream becomes butter, it will get a very slight yellowish tinge. Stop whipping immediately then.

Stiffly whipped cream will form firm peaks and the blender will leave a trail in the cream.

Yummy delicious Whipped Cream

Yummy delicious Whipped Cream

Put the whipped cream into the fridge… it stays for some time, people say 1 week or so. I don’t know, every time i make whipped cream it gets over in about 6 minutes πŸ™‚

Here is a very nice video for whipping cream

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 18

We all are intelligent!

On his birthday at Bimmerale Hall, Oppenau near Bad Antogast, where people from almost every country were present, Guruji askedΒ for a birthday gift from all of us. He said that all of you have to give me a birthday gift.
birthday-gift-balloon
You all have to promise that each of you will realize how beautiful each one of you are. Only when you understand how beautiful you are, truth can dawn and with truth divinity dawns. That is satyam shivam sundaram, only we go the other way round, beauty first, then truth and then divinity. He said that we should ask others whether they feel they are beautiful. If they say they feel ugly then tell them that whatever they do will also be ugly. If you feel beautiful everything you do will be beautiful, you will spread beauty.

He said when he first came to europe what struck him the most were the beautiful flowers in all colours on the landscape. He said that everybody does not see and appreciate them but that is not the flowers’ problem. Similarly if people do not see your beauty it is their foolishness, that is not your problem πŸ˜‰

He said the sign of intelligent people is that they spend their time in celebration, fun, music and introspection. Foolish people spend time in complaints and addictions. He looked around at the celebration around him ( a four storied cake, water pistol, flowers, music and dance from almost every coutry) and said, “so we all are intelligent”.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 16

Grass

Pooja, a joke for you and all our lawyers and wanna be lawyers πŸ™‚

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-side eating grass. He ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. He asked one man, “Why are you eating grass?” “We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied. “We have to eat grass.”

“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you,” the lawyer said.

“But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree.”

“Bring them along,” the lawyer replied.

Turning to the other poor man he stated, “You come with us, also. The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!”

“Bring them all, as well,” the lawyer answered.

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”

The lawyer replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high!!”

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 15

The Bhandaris

We kept meeting them many times. This wonderful witty old man, always dressed in a suit with a very English hat, and this sparkling, white haired lady, immaculate in her sari or utterly at ease wearing jeans… and they kept telling us to come and stay with them when we were in Delhi, and we would tell them, we want to keep you as friends… that if we come along and stay, with us an entire battalion of very boisterous young people will also land up and start to dig in your fridge πŸ™‚

And, they would say, oh don’t worry about it, we are used to all that… you guys just come! And we would laugh and say … oh we will see about it…

Then we met this delightful couple in Bali, where Ranji bhai cornered us. They said we know you are coming to Delhi, you cannot give us the slip, now you have to come and stay with us … We gave the usual story, they just waved it aside saying we have 5 grand children and 3 dogs, we know what is noise!!

We later found out that he was 81 and she 71, and they had been married for 49 years… next year is their 50th wedding anniversary!

pnrbh

… and so one late winter night, we found ourselves at Padmini Enclave their beautiful home. We reached around midnight, and Prama bhabhi had told us that she would keep a meal ready for us in a little cottage which was adjoining the main house. We walked down the garden path to welcoming warm lights twinkling at us through the trees, to a cosy, lovely little place which was to be our home for the next few days and an amazing meal…

It’s a lovely, serene, quiet home right in the heart of Delhi… They have a huge garden with lots of trees and opposite their house, there is a heritage ruin… so there is birdsong and flowers and trees and miraculously there is almost no noise even from the traffic of the main road which is just minutes away. It felt like we were in some lovely hill station… it definitely didn’t feel like Delhi!

We had a glorious few days with them… superb meals, fantastic conversations and we got to meet some very interesting people who would come to stay with them. Ranji bhai’s father had been the first chief justice of India in the time of Nehru, and they had had a unique view of the entire independence struggle… It was fascinating to meet people who had come to this world, when electricity was almost a dream, and who are now utterly at ease with the internet and using mobile phones!

They have two beautiful dogs, both doberman, sleek and black… very friendly once you get to know them… We played a lot with the dogs who were family.

There were many stories that they shared with us which had us glued to our seats, some scary, some hilarious… somehow time went much slower there, after a hearty meal and 3-4 stories when i would think it must be well past midnight, it would turn out that it’s not even 11 pm… Dinesh and i would always wonder about that…

Our very noisy friends didn’t faze the two of them at all… in fact Ranji bhai would come and regale them with more stories and incidents from his very colourful life and they all went back with a bit of history in their hearts and a smile on their face…

I took over the kitchen for a few meals and Prama bhabhi shared with me some of her quickie recipes too. She mentioned that she had put on weight since we had come and stayed with them… i took it as a complement! πŸ™‚

May we all age just as gracefully and graciously as the Bhandaris. And have hearts as big as theirs to be able to share of ourselves withΒ  everyone around us.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

May 13

May 13th

May 13th

Mai Tera… (in hindi, 13th May translates to Tera Mai, which amazingly also means I am yours)

We are yours too! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday our dearest Guruji

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

May 12

Mushroom Pate

1 packet of mushrooms washed and roughly cut into chunky pieces

1 big carrot peeled and grated

1 clove of garlic finely chopped

2-3 dried red chillies (optional)

A small quantity of any left over veggie you want to add πŸ™‚ … I used a small zucchini piece that was waiting it’s turn in the fridge

2 tablespoons full cream

Olive oil, Salt, pepper, mustard to taste

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat some (3-5 tablespoons) of olive oil and add the garlic and stir it around till it browns slightly. If you want it to be spicy, you could add 2-3 dried red chillies and cook for a bit. Remove them from the oil before going to the next step. Add the grated carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Then add your (left over) veggie(s) and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and the seasoning and cook until tender, another 4-5 minutes. Stir in the cream and remove from heat.

Blend with a hand grinder or in a mixie. Don’t add water, it needs to be nice and thick.

Toast some bread and spread the pate on it. Or spread the pate on a some slices of bread, sprinkle some grated cheese and grill till the cheese melts. Or simply dip your finger into the pate and lick! πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

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